Felipe Fernández-Armesto

Felipe Fernández-Armesto

William P. Reynolds Professor of History

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D.Phil., University of Oxford
Time Period(s)
Ancient, Early Modern, Medieval, Modern
Empires & Colonialism, Environmental, Intellectual, Legal, Political, Race & Ethnicity, Religious, Science, Technology, and Medicine, Urban
Africa, Asia, Atlantic, Britain, Europe, Global, Latin America, Mediterranean, Middle East, United States

Current research projects in the history of primatology, of language and of cultural organisms; current or recent undergraduate classes on global history, environmental history, early colonial Native Mesoamerican source materials, history of exploration, Columbus, and the history of wisdom; graduate supervision across a wide field, mainly in the early modern history of colonial societies.

Most recent awards: Cátedra España, University College, Dublin, 2019; Cátedra España, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, 2018; 2020- Hon. Vice-president, the Hakluyt Society; Profesor Consultante Honoris Causa, Universidad de Montevideo, 2017; Gerszten Family Distinguished Visiting Professor, U. of Virginia, 2017; Gran Cruz de la Orden de Alfonso X el Sabio (Spain), 2016 (inveSted 2017); World History Association Book Prize and Tercentenary Medal of the Society of Antiquaries, 2007; major grants from the Fundación del Pino, Madrid, 2008-10, and 2020-21; Reina Victoria Eugenia Distinguished Visiting Chair, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 2010.

Books published since 2012 include: as editor, The Oxford History of the World (Oxford: O.U.P., 2023); with Manuel Lucena Giraldo, Un imperio de ingenieros: la ingenería en la monarquía global española (Madrid, Fundación Rafael del Pino and Penguin RandomHouse, 2022); Straits: Beyond the Myth of Magellan (Berkeley, etc: U. of California P., and London: Bloomsbury, 2022; History Reclaimed Prize; Mountbatten Foundation Award of Merit); Out of Our Minds: What We Think and How We Came to Think It (Berkeley, etc: U. of California P., and London: Oneworld, 2019); A Foot in the River: How Our Lives Change – and the Limits of Evolution (Oxford: O.U.P., 2015); The World: a Brief History (Upper Saddle River: Pearson, 2015) (3rd ed.); Our America: a Hispanic History of the United States (New York: Norton, 2014); with Matthew Restall, Conquistadors: a Very Short Introduction (Oxford: O.U.P., 2012)